Joanna Russ papers, 1907-2014  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Russ, Joanna
Title
Joanna Russ papers
Dates
1907-2014 (inclusive)
1953-2011 (bulk)
Quantity
17.5 linear feet, (39 containers (36 manuscript boxes, 2 half manuscript boxes, 1 oversize folder))
Collection Number
Coll 261
Summary
Joanna Russ (1937-2011) was a feminist, educator, author and literary critic. The collection includes correspondence, literary manuscripts, books, press clippings, and photographs.
Repository
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
97403-1299
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
spcarref@uoregon.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room.

Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Joanna Russ, feminist, educator, author and literary critic was born February 22, 1937 in New York City. Encouraged by her parents, especially her mother whose love of literature she credits "as one of the things that drew her to literature with a female point of view," Russ began writing when she was five years old. She graduated from Cornell University in 1957, and received an MFA in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama in 1960. Her teaching career began at Queensborough Community College in New York; she has also taught literature and writing at Cornell and the State University of New York at Binghamton and the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 1977, she joined the faculty of the University of Washington in Seattle, retiring in 1990 as a full professor.

Her short stories, novels and essays examine the limitations of late 20th century gender roles on the lives of women and posit the possibilities for women outside these constructions. Her fiction is categorized within science fiction, a genre that, over its history, devolved the constraints of the western cultural literary traditions by shaping alternative realities for humanity. The profound change that Russ and her contemporaries introduced in the 1960s and 70s is the positioning of the female protagonist as a complete individual, capable of all constructive and destructive activities, entirely outside of any relationship with the male identity of western myths. The male is no longer the absolute owner of all real activity. "These are not stories about men qua Man and women qua Woman; they are myths of human intelligence and human adaptability. They not only ignore gender roles but--at least theoretically--are not culture bound." These explorations into the speculative nature of women's reality place her work in a subsection of science fiction along with the work of Ursula Le Guin and Octavia Butler. In a 1984 interview, Russ said, "Science fiction is a natural, in a way, for any kind of radical thought. Because it is about things that have not happened and do not happen. It is very fruitful if you want to present the concerns of any marginal group, because you are doing it in a world where things are different."

Russ' fury at what happens in the world humans actually inhabit, what continues to happen, drives her creations. Joanna Russ has been a voice of angry, insulted women since her first short story was published in 1959. "But holy peanut butter, dear writer," James Tiptree, Jr. wrote to Russ in 1973, "do you imagine that anyone with half a functional neuron can read your work and not have his fingers smoked by the bitter, multi-layered anger in it? àIt smells and smoulders like a volcano buried so long and deadly it is just beginning to wonder if it can explode."

Russ won many awards including a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for 1974-75. She won the Nebula, science fiction's prestigious award, for her short story "When It Changed" and the Hugo in 1983 for Souls, a novella. She was also awarded the Pilgrim Award in 1988 for her criticism of works in the science fiction genre.

Russ died on April 29, 2011 in Tucson, AZ.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Joanna Russ papers contain the following series: correspondence, fiction, non-fiction and academic work, Kirk/Spock fan fiction study and writing, and personal materials.

Series 1: Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by name of the correspondent and includes general correspondence between Russ and other authors, theorists, and professional contacts. This series include both personal and professional correspondence and some of the noteworthy and most extensive files include correspondence with Suzy McKee Charnas, Samuel R. Delany, Ellen Levine Literary Agency (her literary agent), Syn Ferguson, Marilyn Hacker, Susan Koppelman, Vonda McIntyre, Alice Sheldon (James Tiptree Jr.) and her mother Bertha Russ. This series also includes fan mail and correspondence related to Russ's Kirk/Spock fan fiction writings, organized alphabetically by name.

Series 2: Fiction is arranged alphabetically by title of work and sub-series are organized by genre: novels, short fiction (including poetry), and plays. Materials in this series include original manuscripts for published and unpublished works, printed books, and professional correspondence related to publication and marketing.

Series 3: Non-fiction and academic work is arranged alphabetically by title of work and sub-series are organized by genre: books and collected works, essays and journal articles, lectures and speeches, magazine and newspaper articles, research materials and notes, and reviews and commentary. Materials in this series include original manuscripts for published and unpublished works, annotated photocopies, printed books and journals, newspaper clippings, literary letters and commentary, and professional correspondence related to publication. Research material and notes includes copies of science-fiction works written by other authors (including Philip K. Dick, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., H.G. Wells, and Samuel R. Delany) that are extensively annotated by Russ. Reviews and commentary includes manuscripts for book reviews, many of which were published in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

Series 4: Kirk/Spock fan fiction study and writing is arranged alphabetically by title. Materials include academic essays and original fan fiction manuscripts published in zines under the pseudonym Janet Alex.

Series 5: Personal materials includes academic credentials and letters of recommendation, interviews and oral histories, legal and financial files including publication royalties and copyright registration, photographs and personal ephemera, and press clippings.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Joanna Russ Papers, Coll 261, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Or.

Alternative Forms Available

Selected items are available online in the Joanna Russ Papers in Oregon Digital, specifically correspondence with Alice B. Sheldon, pen name James Tiptree Jr. (Series 1, Box 10, Folder 25-42).

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series 1:  Correspondence, 1967-2009Return to Top

Includes incoming correspondence to Russ, with some copies of outgoing letters. Arranged alphabetically by correspondent's last name.

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries 1.1: General correspondence
Includes personal and professional correspondence between Russ and family, other authors, theorists, and professional contacts.
1967-2009
Box Folder
1 1
A
1973-1976
16 1
A
1986-1998
1 2
Aalto, Madge
1971-1979
16 2
Academic
1974-1986
16 3
Acocella, Joan
1993-1998
16 4
Allison, Dorothy
1996-2005
1 3
Alsace, Mayda
1975-1976
1 5
Amateau, Albert
1968
1 6-8
Annaed, Melody
1982-1990
16 5
Annaed, Melody
2003-2008
16 6
Auerbach, Nina
1995-1996
1 9
B
1971-1986
16 7
B
1985-2002
16 8
Bacon-Smith, Camille
1993-2002
1 10
Bambara, Toni Cade
circa 1986
1 11-12
Bankier, Amanda
1974-1979
1 13-18
Barale, Michele
1977-1986
16 9
Barale, Michele
1993-2005
16 10
Barry, Kathleen
1992
1 19
Bellwether, Janet
1978-1983
1 20
Black, Max
1974
1 21
Blish, James
1970-1975
1 22
Blish, Judy
1975
1 23
Bradley, Marion Zimmer
1975
1 24
Brunner, John
1973
1 25
Buck, Doris
1971-1975
1 26
Burtt, Marjorie Murray
1975-1976
1 27
Busby, F.M.
1974-1975
1 28
C
1975-1982
16 11
C
1985-2003
1 29
Califia, Pat
1980-1984
16 12
Califia, Pat
1992-1999
1 30
Carr, Carol
1970-1972
1 31
Carr, Terry
1972-1983
1 32-43
Charnas, Suzy McKee
1974-October 1978
2 1-15
Charnas, Suzy McKee
November 1978-1986
16 13
Charnas, Suzy McKee
1983-2004
2 16
Chesler, Phyllis
1977-1985
16 14
Chesler, Phyllis
1997-2001
2 17
Coney, Michael G.
1975-1976
2 18
Cooper, Janet
1975-1980
2 19
Corinne, Tee
1980-1982
16 15
Cortiel, Jeanne
1995-2005
2 20
Curb, Rosemary
1986
2 21
D
1972-1984
16 16
D
1986-2000
2 22
Daly, Mary
1980
2 23
Damon, Betsy
circa 1978
2 24-28
Decarnin, Mog
1979-1985
16 17
Decarnin, Mog
1998-2002
2 29-31
Delany, Samuel R.
1968-1970
3 1-30
Delany, Samuel R.
1971-May 1980
4 1-21
Delany, Samuel R.
June 1980-1985
16 18-20
Delany, Samuel R.
1974-2006
17 1
Delany, Samuel R.
1974
4 22
DeSoli, Gloria
1978
4 23
Dick, Philip K.
1974
17 2
Disch, Thomas
2002-2003
4 24
Dominion, Julie
1975-1977
4 25
Dorman, Sonya
1970-1974
17 3
Duchamp, Timmi
1989-1990
4 26
Dworkin, Andrea
1987
4 27
E
1978-1988
17 4
E
1985-2010
4 28
Edwards, Malcom
1973
4 29
Effinger, George Alec
1971-1972
4 30
Eisen, Helen
1980
4 31
Elgin, Suzette
1974-1978
17 5-7
Ellen Levine Literary Agency
1972-2003
4 32-34
Ellison, Harlan
1972-1984
17 8
Ellison, Harlan
1990-2004
4 35
F
1970-1983
17 9
F
1986-2005
4 36-41
Ferguson, Syn
1983-1984
5 1-5
Ferguson, Syn
1985-1988
17 10
Ferguson, Syn
1995-2002
5 6
Feyrer, Gayle
circa 1980s
5 7
Fish, Leslie
1983-1984
5 8
Fisher, Elizabeth
1976-1981
5 9
Fowler, Karen Joy
circa 1980s
17 11
Fowler, Karen Joy
1988-1996
17 12
Fox (Jeanette Silveira)
1992-1996
5 10
Fraser, Clara
1982
17 13
Fraser, Clara
1981-1998
17 14
Freedman, Carl
2003
5 11
French, Marilyn
1986-1989
5 12
G
1973-1982
17 15
G
1985-1998
5 13-14
Gearhart, Sally M.
1975-1981
18 1
Gearhart, Sally M.
1985-2002
5 15
Gerrold, David
1974-1975
1 4
Gilbert, Dorothy
1969-1975
5 16
Grahn, Judy
1987
5 17
Grier, Barbara
1975-1977
5 18
Griffin, Susan
1977
5 19
H
1976-1983
18 3
H
1986-2004
5 20-36
Hacker, Marilyn
1975-1987
5 37
Handel, Bonnie
circa 1970s
6 1-2
Harris, Bertha
1975-1989
18 4
Harris, Bertha
2002
6 3-4
Hawthorne, Anne
1971-1983
6 5
Heap, Sherry
circa 1976
6 6
Heilbrun, Carolyn
1978-1982
6 7
Hoffman, Lenore
1987-1988
6 8
Howe, Florence
1981-1983
6 9
I
1979
6 10
Ingram, Angela
1983-1987
18 5
Ingram, Angela
1990
6 11
J
circa 1970s
18 6
J
1985-1993
6 12
Johnson, Diane
1977-1978
18 7
Jones, Gwyneth
1996
6 13
K
1972-1987
18 8
K
1986-2001
6 14
Kaye-Kantrowitz, Melanie
1986
6 15-37
Koppelman, Susan
1975-1983
7 1-18
Koppelman, Susan
Includes undated manuscript: "Friendships Between and Among Women"
1984-1989
18 9
Koppelman, Susan
1981-2001
7 19
Knight, Damon
1974-1975
7 20
Krysl, Marilyn
1979-1983
7 21
Kurz, Ruth
1983-1987
18 10
Kushner, Ellen and Delia Sherman
2003-2007
7 22
L
circa 1974-1981
18 11
L
1985-2003
7 23-27
Lamb, Patricia
1972-1987
7 28
Lapidus, Jacqueline
1977-1980
7 29
Le Guin, Ursula
1971-1985
18 12
Le Guin, Ursula
1992-2002
7 30
LeSueur, Maridel
circa 1970-1980s
7 31-33
Leiber, Fritz
1968-1980
8 1-4
Leshendok, Maureen
1973-1988
12 35
Letter campaign to support Russ
1980
8 5
Levy, Biddy
circa 1980s
8 6
Ley, Sandra
1971-1974
18 13
Leyland, Mark
1997-2004
8 7
Libby, Marion
1974
18 14
Luz, Ronnie
1989-2004
8 8-9
Lynn, Liz
1976-1985
18 15
Lynn, Liz
circa 2003
8 10
Lyons, Jean
circa 1970-1980s
18 16
Lyons, Jean
1999-2008
8 11
M
1970-1982
18 17
M
1985-2008
18 18
MacArthur Fellows Program
1986-1995
8 12
MacCowen, Lyndall
1977-1978
18 19
MacPike, Loralee
1994-2003
8 13
Malzberg, Barry N.
1972-1980
8 14
Marrs, Lee
1974-1988
18 20
Martin, Marilyn
2000-2007
19 1
McAllister, Bruce
1975
8 15
McCaffrey, Anne
1971-1979
19 2
McCaffery, Larry
1986-1989
8 16
McDaniel, Judith
1983
8 17
McEvoy, Seth
1975-1976
8 18-25
McIntyre, Vonda
1970-1988
8 26
Millet, Kate
1975
8 27
Mogen, Dave
circa 1980s
8 28
Morales, Aurora Levins
1986
8 29
Morgan, Robin
1989
8 30
N
circa 1980s
19 3
N
1987-2000
8 31
Nelson, Beth
circa 1979
19 4
Nestle, Joan
1994-2002
8 32
Nielsen-Hayden, T. and P.
1984
19 5
Nobile, Dorothea
circa 2006-2009
8 33
O
1986
8 34
Olsen, Tillie
1975-1977
12 36
Outgoing
1973-1986
8 35
Overstreet, Lee
1976
8 36
P
1971-1977
19 6
P
1975-2000
8 37
Patterson Black, Sheryl and Gene
1977-1981
8 38
Pearson, Carol
circa 1970s
8 39-41
Penelope, Julia
1976-1986
8 42-45
Piercy, Marge
1974-1979
9 1-9
Piercy, Marge
1980-1989
19 7
Piercy, Marge
1991-2005
9 10
Platt, Charles "Sexism in Review"
1974-1981
9 11
R
1968-1983
19 8
R
1985-2001
9 12
Rich, Adrienne
1976-1986
9 29
Runyon, Charles
1974-1975
9 13-17
Russ, Bertha and Evarett I.
1967-1989
9 18-28
Russ, Bertha
1979-1985
19 9
Russ, Bertha
1990-1999
9 30
S
1972-1989
19 10
S
1976-2003
9 31
Salmonson, Jessica
1978-1981
19 11
Salmonson, Jessica
1985-1998
9 32-36
Saxton, Josephine
1969-1980
9 37
Scholes, Robert
1975
10 1-2
Searles, Ray
1969-1973
10 3
Secor, Cynthia
1971-1979
10 4-6
Shechter, Andi
1982-1984
10 7
Siegel, Eleanor
circa 1980s
19 12
Siegel, Eleanor
1995-2005
19 13
Siegel, Enid
1993-1995
10 8
Silverberg, Robert
1974
10 9
Silveria, Jeanette
1986-1987
10 14
Smith, Donna
1978-1981
10 10
Smith, Jeff
1978
10 11-13
Spender, Dale
1984-1988
19 14
Staley, Diane and Bob
circa 2002
10 15
Stekert, Ellen
1974-1984
10 16-19
Strete, Craig
1974-1978
20 1
Student letters and evaluations
1973-1988
10 20
Stumpf, Edna
1975-1976
10 21
Suvin, D.
1974-1975
20 2
Swanwick, Michael
1993-2003
10 22
Swords, Betty
1979
10 23
T
1970-1983
20 3
T
1985-2000
10 24
Tanenhouse, Beverley
1976-1977
20 4
Thomson, Amy
1993-2002
10 25-42 1972-1985
10 43
Turner, Alice K.
1972-1974
10 44-45
Uhl, Mary
1970-1977
11 1-2
Uhl, Mary
1978-1986
12 37
Unidentified
circa 1973-1982
20 5
Unidentified
circa 1994
20 6
V
1986-1999
11 3
Varley, John
1979
11 4
Vanderbosch, Jane
1976
11 5
W
1969-1979
20 7
W
1989-2002
11 6
Wagner, Mary Jo
1981
20 8
Wesleyan University Press
2004-2008
11 7
White, Luise
1975
11 8
Wilhelm, Kate
1972-1974
11 9
Wittig, Monique
circa 1970-1980s
11 10
Wolfe, Gene
1970-1974
20 9
Wolfe, Gene
1994-1995
11 11
Wood, Susan
1978
20 10
X-Z
1990-2000
Subseries 1.2: Fan mail
Includes letters from fans of Russ's literary works.
1970-1996
Box Folder
12 1
A
1975-1986
12 2
B
1974-1989
12 3
C
1973-1989
12 4
D
1970-1988
12 5
E
1974-1986
12 6
F
1976-1978
12 7
G
1975-1981
12 8
H
1975-1989
12 9
I
1974-1989
12 10
J
1976-1986
12 11-12
K
1975-1988
12 13
L
1971-1989
12 14
M
1973-1989
12 15
N
1975
12 16
O
1975-1983
12 17
P
1974-1986
12 18-19
R
1973-1986
12 20-21
S
1972-1989
12 22
T
1975-1988
12 23
U
1975
12 24
V
1975-1983
12 25
W
1975-1982
12 26
Z
1976
12 27
Unidentified
circa 1980-1986
20 11
General
1988-1996
Subseries 1.3: Kirk/Spock fan fiction correspondence
Includes letters related to Russ's fan fiction writings and their publication.
1983-1998
Box Folder
12 28
A-L
1983-1986
12 29
M-Z
1983-1985
12 30
Miscellaneous
circa 1983
20 12
Miscellaneous
1983-1998
12 31
Clark, Victoria and Barbara Storey
1983-1985
12 32
Rathbone, Wendy
1984-1985
12 33
Resch, Kathleen
1983-1984
12 34
Shell, Lezlie
1983

Series 2:  Fiction, 1953-2004Return to Top

Includes original manuscripts for published and unpublished works of fiction, printed books, and professional correspondence related to publication and marketing. Arranged alphabetically by title.

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries 2.1: Novels
Includes original manuscripts for novel-length works of fiction, printed books, and professional correspondence related to publication and marketing
1953-2004
Box Folder
20 13-14
And Chaos Died
1970
13 26-32
The Female Man
1975
21 1-4
The Female Man
1971-1977
21 5-6
Kittatinny
circa 1978
26 14-15
Kittatinny
1977-1980
22 1-4
On Strike Against God
1973-1986
15 4-12
The Sensible Fish
1953-1957
15 18-23
Souls
circa 1982
22 5-6
The Two of Them
1977-1979
22 7-10
We Who Are About To...
1975-2004
Subseries 2.2: Short fiction
Includes original manuscripts for short fictional works (including novellas, poetry, and collected short stories), printed books, and professional correspondence related to publication and marketing.
1953-1990
Box Folder
23 1-4
Adventures of Alyx
1970-1986
13 3
Adventures of the Giant Baby
circa 1980s
13 14
Autobiography of Annabelle Broomstraw
circa 1970-1980s
23 5
The Autobiography of My Mother
1973-1975
13 17-19
Bodies
circa 1984
23 6
Cap and Bells, fragment
1969
23 7
The Cliches From Outer Space
1974-1975
23 8
Corruption
1974
23 9
Daddy's Girl
1973-1975
23 10
Dear Diary
1972
13 25
Elf Hill
circa 1982
23 11
Existence
1970
23 12
The Experimenter
1973
24 1-3
Extra(ordinary) People
1981-1984
13 33
A Guide to Newer Lesbian Sexual Perversions
circa 1970-1990s
24 5-7
The Hidden Side of the Moon
1986-1990
24 8
How Dorothy Kept Away the Spring
1953-1974
14 4
How We Climbed Caopectate
1953
24 9
Let George Do It
1973
24 10
Letter from TRICSAD
circa 1970-1990s
14 16-17
The Little Dirty Girl
circa 1982
14 19
Martyr
1956
14 20
The Mystery of the Young Gentleman
circa 1970-1980s
14 26
No Wise Fish
circa 1970-1980s
14 27-28
On Being Depressed
circa 1984
14 32
Poetry
circa 1960-1970s
15 13
Seventeen-Eighteen
1960
24 11
Life in a Furniture Store
1965
24 12
Martyr
1954-1957
24 13
My Boat
1974
24 14
My Mother's House
1967
24 15
Nobody's Home
1970
25 1
Not for Love. A Story
1970
25 2
Passages
1969
25 3
Picnic on Paradise
1968
25 4-5
Poetry
circa 1955-1973
25 6
The Precious Object
1969-1970
25 7
Reasonable People
1972
25 8
Risk
1973-1974
25 9
Seventeen-Eighteen
1960
15 16-17
Some Lesbians
circa 1970-1980s
15 24-25
Sword Blades and Poppy Seed
circa 1983
15 36-37
What Did You Do During the Revolution, Grandma?
circa 1983
25 10
Suffer a Sea-Change
1970
25 11
This Night, At My Fire
1966-1970
25 12
Useful Phrases for the Tourist
1970
25 13
When It Changed, fragment
1969
25 14
Where?
1960
25 15
The Wise Man
1970
25 16-17
The Zanzibar Cat
1982-1985
26 1-3
The Zanzibar Cat
1970-1983
Subseries 2.3: Plays
Includes original manuscripts for plays, annotated copies, and a master sheet list created by Russ.
1967-1977
Box Folder
26 4
Master sheet
circa 1980s
13 22
Callimachus
circa 1960-1970s
14 1
Henry and the Mimsies
1957-1970
26 5
Henry and the Mimsies
1970
14 2-3
Home Life
1967
14 7
In These Forests
1967
14 8
The Inner Circles
1968
26 6
The Inner Circles
1968
14 22-25
Nightmare Abbey
1967-1969
26 7
Nightmare Abbey
1967-1969
15 2
Rose of My Heart
1967
26 8
Rose of My Heart
1967
26 9
Scenes from Domestic Life
1971
15 15
The She-Wolf
1967
26 10
The She-Wolf
1967
15 27-28
There and Back Again: A Hobbit's Holiday
1970
26 11
There and Back Again: A Hobbit's Holiday
1970
15 29
Those That I Fight
1967
26 12
Those That I Fight
1967
15 38
Window Dressing
1967
26 13
Window Dressing
1973-1977

Series 3:  Non-fiction and academic work, circa 1960-2007Return to Top

Includes original manuscripts for published and unpublished works of non-fiction, annotated photocopies, printed books and journals, newspaper clippings, literary letters and commentary, and professional correspondence related to publication. Arranged alphabetically by title.

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries 3.1: Book manuscripts and related material
Includes original manuscripts for book-length works of non-fiction, annotated copies, and professional correspondence related to publication.
1980-1999
Box Folder
27 1-2
How to Suppress Women's Writing
1980-1983
14 18
Magic Mommas and Trembling Sisters
circa 1980s
27 3
Magic Mommas and Trembling Sisters
1982-1985
27 4-7
What Are We Fighting For?
circa 1994-1999
Subseries 3.2: Essays and journal articles
Includes original manuscripts for short non-fiction works (including essays, scholarly articles, book introductions, and encyclopedia entries), printed books and journals, clippings, and professional correspondence related to publication.
circa 1960-2007
Box Folder
13 2
About Pornography
circa 1980s
13 4-8
Against Pornography
circa 1980s
13 9-10
Amor Vincit Feminism: The Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction
circa 1975-1980
28 1
Amor Vincit Feminism: The Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction
1975-1980
13 15-16
Being Against Pornography
circa 1983
28 2
Being Against Pornography
1983
13 20-21
A Boy and His Dog: The Final Solution
1975
28 3
Communique from the Front
1969-1971
28 4-6
The Country You Have Never Seen
1990-2007
13 24
Critique of Le Guin, Wolfe and Delany
1986
28 7
Dangerous Visions, afterword
circa 1967
28 8
Daydream Literature and Science Fiction
1969
28 9
Genre
1970-1971
28 10-11
The He-Man Ethos in Science Fiction
1972-1977
14 5
How to Be Truly Feminine
circa 1970
28 12
How to Be Truly Feminine
1970
28 13
How to Write Book Reviews
1982
28 14
I Am Not an Honorary Male
1973-1974
14 6
The Ideology of Social and Sexual Roles, fragment
circa 1970s
28 15-16
The Image of Women in Science Fiction
1969-1970
29 1
Khatru
1975-1993
14 14-15
Koppelman, Susan Anthology, introduction
circa 1985
28 17
Lady Ferry, preface
1998
30 9
Letter to Susan Koppelman
1984
29 2
Lovecraft, encyclopedia entry
1981
29 3-4
Mary Shelley's Tales and Stories, introduction
1975
29 5
Men on the Moon, afterword
1969
29 6
Ms. Found in Moskowitz's Attic
circa 1960-1980
14 21
Need for Feminist Theory
circa 1970-1980s
29 7
Not for Years But for Decades
1980
29 8
On the Fascination of Horror Stories, Including Lovecraft's
1980
14 29
On H.P. Lovecraft
circa 1970-1980s
14 30
An Open Letter to All Those Semioticians (Female) Out There
First draft of Reactionary Feminism
circa 1985
29 9
Paranoia and Science Fiction
1967
29 10
The Penguin Book of Modern Fantasy by Women, introduction
1995
14 31
Pornography and the Doubleness of Sex for Women
circa 1984
29 11
Pornography and the Doubleness of Sex for Women
1984
29 12
Power and Helplessness in the Women's Movement
1981
14 33-36
Reactionary Feminism
circa 1985
29 13
Reactionary Feminism
1985
29 14
Recent Feminism Utopias
1981
29 15
Revolution, She Wrote, introduction
1998
29 16
Russ on Russ
1969
15 3
The Scholar as Translator
circa 1970-1980s
29 17
Science Fiction: For Men Only?
1974
29 18
Setting
1973
29 19
Sex in SF
1973
15 14
Sexual Theory, fragment
circa 1970-1980s
29 20
SF and Technology as Mystification
1978
29 21
Somebody's Trying to Kill Me and I Think It's My Husband: The Modern Gothic
1972-1973
29 22
Speculations: The Subjunctivity of Science Fiction
1970-1973
29 23
"Tiptree" and History
circa 2003
15 30-35
To Write "Like a Woman"
circa 1979
29 24
To Write "Like a Woman"
1986
30 1
To Write Like a Woman
1982-1995
29 25
Towards an Aesthetic of Science Fiction
1974-1975
30 2
Unpublished
circa 1960-2000
30 3
Uranian Worlds, introduction
1983
30 4
The Wearing Out of Genre Materials
1971
30 5
What Can a Heroine Do? or Why Women Can't Write
1971-1972
30 6
What If...? Literature
1973
30 7
Women and SF
1980
30 8
The Writer Explains
1966
Subseries 3.3: Lectures
Includes original manuscripts and copies of lectures and speeches delivered by Russ.
1968-1974
Box Folder
13 23
Creating Positive Images of Women
circa 1974
30 10
Creative Positive Images of Women
1974
30 11
Dirty Wordies or, the Fiendish Thingie
1969
30 11
The He-Man Ethos in Science Fiction
1968
15 26
Suggestive Power in Science Fiction
1971
30 12
Suggestive Power in Science Fiction
1969-1971
30 12
Teaching and the State of the Art
1970
Box Folder
30 13-14
Subseries 3.4: Magazine and newspaper articles
Includes original manuscripts and clippings of newspaper and magazine articles.
1964-1986
31-33
Subseries 3.5: Research material and notes
Includes books and copies of works written by other authors that contain handwritten annotations and commentary by Russ.
circa 1960-1992
15, 30
Subseries 3.6: Reviews and commentary
Includes original manuscripts for works of literary criticism and book reviews, many of which were published in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.
1969-1994

Series 4:  Kirk/Spock fan fiction study and writing, circa 1983-1997Return to Top

Includes academic essays and original fan fiction manuscripts published in zines under the pseudonym Janet Alex. Arranged alphabetically by title.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
13 1
About K/S
circa 1985
13 11-12
Another Addict Raves About K/S
circa 1985
34 1
Another Addict Raves About K/S
1985
13 13
Aubade
circa 1980s
14 13
Break Thou My Sanctuary
circa 1984
34 2
Break Thou My Sanctuary
1984
14 12
Domestic Affections
1984
34 3
Domestic Affections
1984
14 10-11
Invasion
circa 1984
34 4
Invasion
1984-1996
34 5
The Matchmaker
1985
34 6
Unclassified Affections
1997
15 39
Women's Pornography and Star Trek
circa 1980s

Series 5:  Personal materials, 1907-2014Return to Top

Includes academic papers and letters of recommendation, interviews and oral histories, legal and financial files including publication royalties and copyright registration, photographs and personal ephemera, and press clippings.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
34 7
Subseries 5.1: Academic credentials and recommendations
Includes correspondence and papers related to creditials file at Cornell and academic letters of recommendation for Russ.
1969-1988
Subseries 5.2: Interviews and oral histories
Includes published and unpublished interviews and oral histories on the subject of Russ's life and works.
1975-2009
Box Folder
34 10
Collected interviews
1975-1990
14 9
Interview with Joanna Russ
1981, March 24
34 11
Oral history of Joanna Russ
2009, November 28
Subseries 5.3: Legal and financial files
Includes materials on copyright registration and renewal of Russ's literary works and statements for royalty payments on published works, arranged by title. Also includes personal legal and financial files that are closed.
1991-2014
Box Folder
34 8-9
Copyright registration and permissions
1970-2003
35
Personal legal documents
Access to these documents is closed due to confidential personally identifiable information.
1991-2014
38
Royalties
1968-2004
Box
36, 37, Oversize Folder 1
Subseries 5.4: Photographs and personal ephemera
Includes a large scrapbook of paper ephemera and photographs of Russ and her family. Also includes printed artwork by Suzy McKee Charnas and Russ's rolodex of personal contacts.
1907-2011
Folder
37 5-7
Subseries 5.5: Press
Includes press clippings and published books written by others on of Russ's life and works.
1977-2010

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • American fiction--Women authors
  • American literature--20th century
  • Feminism and literature
  • Feminism--United States
  • Feminist fiction, American--Authorship
  • Feminists--United States--Correspondence
  • Science fiction, American--Authorship
  • Sex role--Fiction
  • Women and literature
  • Women authors, American--20th century--Correspondence
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Manuscripts for publication